“We’ve all played in various bands in and around Grand Rapids,” guitarist and vocalist Jacob Bullard told us about how he and Jackie Warren (bass / vocals), Brian Wortman (drums) and Chad Houseman (guitar / key / percussion)) a Became a band. They named themselves Major Murphy from a book about paranormal. “It comes from a book written by a French astronomer who examines UFO phenomena and culture. Major Murphy’s book had some nicknames,” Bullard explained.
Bullard, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, believes the city was the right size to explore their talents as musicians. “Being a medium-sized city has a pretty happy medium between getting the opportunity but not being too competitive. Living here for a while was really reasonably priced and it made it easier to find time to practice and write. Now, it’s not so much, honestly, but when we first came here there was more artistic community and cross-pollination.
Their new album AccessReleased in April, their signature blends indie-alt-pop sound with classic rock effects. “I think exploring more music from our teens was a part of this last album,” Bullard says. “With [our 2018 debut] No. 1 We were driven more towards me by vintage artists. Lyrically, I wanted to do something more personal and focused, and so a new production style like yours with new wave artists or more contemporary alternative bands seemed right.
Here is a day in the life of Jacob Bullard.
Date September 30, 2021
It’s time for me to wake up Around 8:45 in the morning
Starts with each day Breakfast.
Consists of breakfast Eggs, toast, I like to make omelettes, Jackie makes great pancakes.
To walk Would you be surprised if I said a cup of coffee?
I don’t feel well Until I get dressed.
Before I start work Try to clean up a bit.
Work in progress Tested with drum recordings and getting different sounds, I’m working on a few tracks recorded at home, mostly writing a lot on acoustic guitar and not doing too much demo-in, just trying to write and not living too much and maintaining flow Open is also enjoying spending time with a big book of Dylan songs.
But I really want be Under the sea, in the shade of an octopus garden.
I’m reading that book Paul McCartney: Many years from now By Barry Miles.
If I had to play an album on repetition, it would White album By the Beatles.
Consists of the perfect midday A pastry and coffee.
To help me get through the day I needed to A little help from my friends.
Not a day goes by Frustration.
Consisted of my daydreams The country lives with a small herd of cattle, a cow, some chickens, a few ducks, a couple pigs, a goat, a few dogs and a cat.
In a perfect day, in a perfect world It is enjoyed.
Currently in love The Jokerman Podcast.
Hoping to give time Watch movies.
Next to my bed I always have a pile of clothes.
To help all night I have a cup of tea.
Bedtime Most nights if I sleep by 2:00 I have done a good job.
When I think of tomorrow, it’s always Give it a sunny day, oh yes.